The North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) hockey program has a strong history of producing skilled players who go on to compete at high levels after NYA. This spring, a number of current and former players have been honored on a national level. The recent success of the current and former players has brought a lot of attention to the NYA hockey program, which competes in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).
Mary Morrison, a senior from Cumberland, was a split-season player for the Portland Junior Pirates U19 team this season. The Junior Pirates took home the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship trophy this spring after a 2-1 win over the East Coast Wizards of Massachusetts. Morrison was a senior captain for NYA, and is planning on playing Junior Hockey with the Northern Cyclones in New Hampshire next year.
NYA sophomore Bobby Murray (Yarmouth) was selected for the 2015 National Development Camp, which will take place in Amherst, NY from June 26 to July 2, 2015. Murray was named as the only Maine player, and one of six forwards from the New England District to be picked based on their performance at the New England Development Camp. NYA Junior Taylor Leech (Bowdoinham) will take a similar trip to the Girls National Development camp this summer. “Congratulations to both Bobby and Taylor. We are excited to wish them good luck and proud of their success as they go to the development camps,” said NYA head boys varsity hockey coach, Eric Graham.
Graduating in 1997, Matthew Greason left his NYA hockey career on a high note, with the 1997 Class A State Championship. After a playing career at Trinity, Greason coached at Kingswood-Oxford School, Kent School, and with the US National Team Development Program. He returned to Trinity as their Head Coach in 2011 and has had a great amount of success in his five years with the program. “This was a great accomplishment for our team and the Trinity College community. A National Championship is something our team has dreamed of since each of them arrived on campus as a freshman. Much the way I dreamed of a State Championship when I was at NYA in the 90’s. It was a special feeling when we accomplished that goal in 1997, and a special feeling for me when Trinity raised the trophy a few weeks ago in Minneapolis,” said Greason.
Jon Gillies started his hockey career at NYA in middle school and has risen quickly through the hockey ranks over the last several years. Gillies led the Providence Friars as their starting goalie to their first National Championship this season. After making over 45 saves in the National Championship game, Gillies was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Gillies was also named as a NCAA East Second Team All-American this season as one of the top goalies in NCAA Hockey. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Gillies signed with the Calgary Flames and joins the team in Canada this week.
Graham remarked, “It’s great to see so many former Panthers finding success in the hockey world after NYA. To have two former players in Jon and Matt win NCAA National Championships this year sheds a really positive light on our program and gives our current players an inspiration that hits close to home.”
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.